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Senate Proceeding on Sep 11th, 2008 :: 6:59:51 to 7:04:06
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vermont. and i would yield back. mr. levin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: i would ask unanimous consent that part of this colloquy be the letter from the united

Carl Levin

6:59:51 to 7:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: states senate office legislative counsel explaining why it is technically impossible for him incorporate at this time with current software all of the items into the law. and that is the problem. otherwise,

Carl Levin

6:59:51 to 7:04:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Carl Levin

Carl Levin

7:00:04 to 7:00:18( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: i would totally be agreeable having every single one of these items -- the president's items and the add-ons by congress -- made part of the law. that's not a problem for me. however, technologically,

Carl Levin

7:00:18 to 7:00:28( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: it cannot be done at this time. we ought to try to make sure that t can be done promptly. and i would ask unanimous consent that the june 4, 2008, letter be incorporated in the record at this time.

Carl Levin

7:00:28 to 7:00:37( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the presiding officer: without objection. mr. levin: now, i would ask the senator from vermont the following question: whether the senate would be willing to proceed as though in morning business?

Carl Levin

7:00:37 to 7:00:57( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: i thank the senator. i ask unanimous consent that the senate now proceed to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak t therein. the presiding officer: without objection. and

Carl Levin

7:00:57 to 7:01:15( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the senator from vermont is recognized. mr. sanders: thank you, mr. president. and i ask unanimous consent to address the body. mr. president, a little while ago, senator grassley of iowa was

Carl Levin

7:01:15 to 7:01:33( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: down on the floor critiquing senator obama's tax plan in some detail, and right now i am not prepared to refute what senator grassley said, although i strongly disagree with his conclusions. but i did

Carl Levin

7:01:33 to 7:01:47( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: want to talk a little bit about some of the differences that i perceive between senator mccain and the proposals that he is bringing forth in terms of what senator obama has been talking about. i also most

Carl Levin

7:01:47 to 7:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: importantly wanted to make the point -- and i think senator mccain would be upfront in admitting it -- that if he is elected president, what we are going to be seeing i four more years of the policies

Carl Levin

7:02:05 to 7:02:21( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: that we have in this country for the last eight years, which have been a disaster for the middle class and working families of this country. and i wanted to spend a few moments on that. mr. president,

Carl Levin

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Carl Levin: since president bush has been in office, nearly 6 million middle-class americans have slipped out of the middle class and are now in poverty. and i can tell you, mr. president, that all over this country --

Carl Levin

7:02:35 to 7:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: in my state of vermont, but all over this country, people who used to believe that they were securely in the middle class, people who looked to the future with optimism are now lining up in emergency

Carl Levin

7:02:48 to 7:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: food shelves because the wages that they are earning are simply not enough to sustain their families. and we're seeing a run on emergency food shelfs all over -- shelves from all over america

Carl Levin

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Carl Levin: from working families. and i can tell you that in vermont and throughout the northern tier of this country, people are frightened to death about the coming winter, because in many instances, they simply

Carl Levin

7:03:21 to 7:03:35( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: don't have the money to pay the fuel bills which will keep their homes warm this winter mr. president, since george w. bush has been in office, median household income has declined by over $2,100 for

Carl Levin

7:03:35 to 7:03:49( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: working-age americans. that is a huge drop. since bush has been in office, over 4 million americans have lost their pensions. people who have worked their entire lives at a company with the expectation

Carl Levin

7:03:49 to 7:04:06( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: that when they retired, there would be a defined pension plan valuable to them -- pension plan available to them, that has not happened in 4 million instances. mr. president, since george w. bush has

John Warner

7:04:06 to 7:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Warner: been president, 7 million americans have lost their health insurance and the cost of health care has soared and more and more people are underinsured. since president bush has been in office, more

John Warner

7:04:06 to 7:06:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Warner

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